Landmarks On The Iron Road: Two Centuries Of North American Railroad Engineering

Paperback | December 23, 2011

byWilliam D. Middleton

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American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. This is a remarkable story of the application of engineering to the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, and then supported an industrial revolution and created a world power.

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American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. This is a remarkable story of the application of engineering to the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, ...

William D. Middleton (1928-2011) is the author of more than 20 books and many hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He is editor (with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007) and co-author of Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engine...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 11 × 8.38 × 0.5 inPublished:December 23, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253223601

ISBN - 13:9780253223609

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1 - Across the Waters
Chapter 2 - Across Great Mountains
Chapter 3 - Railroads Below Ground
Chapter 4 - Yards, Docks and Terminals
Chapter 5 - Lost Landmarks
Bibliography

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"Middleton takes a look at the construction of some of these 'marvels of engineering,' which were used to conquer every type of terrain imaginable. Middleton, a civil engineer and railroad historian, combines his interest in these two fields to provide a fascinating look at the engineering wonders of North American railroading....This is an excellent book that should appeal to anyone interested in railroads." -Railfan & Railroad